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Franz-Stefan Gady
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Franz-Stefan Gady is a foreign policy analyst and world affairs commentator. Franz-Stefan has written for the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy Magazine, Foreign Policy Journal, American Diplomacy Quarterly, The National Interest, Small Wars Journal, and New Europe.

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Sino-U.S. Cooperation Over North Korea Is Now More Important Than Ever

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 12:21 PM


China and the United States share the same short-term interests on the Korean Peninsula, perhaps best summarized in Beijing's long-standing policy vis-à-vis North Korea of "no war, no instability, no nukes." (不战、不乱、无核) Neither side is interested in a military...

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Dispatch From the Frontline: Fighting ISIS in Afghanistan

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 4:36 PM

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The sound of gunfire randomly shatters the barren silence of the battlefield. Whenever a 122-millimeter shell of the Afghan artillery hits the rock riddled soil and explodes, a muffled echo can be heard descending from the mountains that rise...

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How Churchill Fought the Pashtuns in Pakistan

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 5:03 PM

"Horrible and revolting" - that's how 22-year-old British cavalry officer turned war correspondent for The Daily Telegraph and Pioneer newspapers, Winston Churchill, described in a dispatch what he saw when entering the ruins of the village of Desemdullah in the Mohmand Valley in British India's Northwest Frontier (today's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa...

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Japan's Improbable Military Resurgence

(8) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 7:03 AM


In 2004, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a case for Japan to restore its military capabilities, writing in his book, Determination to Protect This Country, that "if Japanese don't shed blood, we cannot have an equal relationship with America." Since...

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'Arma Virumque Cano' - Militarism and Parades in Asia

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 4:33 AM

In my life I have participated in several military parades. Of these, two stand out. As an officer candidate in the Austrian Army, I marched in step to the tune of the Radetzky March past a crowd -- my Uncle Winfried and Aunt Waltraud among them -- down an alley...

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Why America, Not Europe, Is Kiev's Biggest Headache

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 7:26 AM

Introducing "lethal defensive weapons" into the Ukraine conflict seems the right thing to do. It confirms the visceral Western feeling that Russia -- the country where, "they make no pretense of loving liberty" as Lincoln once put it -- only respects force. American policy makers in particular are pushing for...

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The Wuzhen Summit and Chinese Internet Sovereignty

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 5:24 AM

In late November 2014, the People's Republic of China hosted the first state sponsored World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China. Organized by the State Internet Information Office (SIIO), the event gathered around 1000 participants from Chinese and foreign Internet firms to discuss, "An Interconnected World Shared and Governed...

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The Axiom Report: Cybersecurity and Its Impact on China-U.S. Relations

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 3:36 PM

The latest revelations surrounding the Chinese cyberespionage group Axiom have once more highlighted the increasing tensions between the United States and the People's Republic of China (PRC) in cyberspace. According to a recently published report by a group of cybersecurity researchers spearheaded by Novetta Solutions, a U.S.-based cybersecurity...

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Warum wir Russlands Vorgehen in der Ukraine nicht einfach hinnehmen dürfen

(13) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 8:32 AM

Am 26.09.2014 schrieb ich ein Kommentar in der Wiener Presse mit dem Titel "Maskirovka und Putins „nützliche Idioten". Dr. Manfred
Drennig widersprach meiner Darstellung und publizierte am 3.10 2014 ein Gegenkommentar "Absoluten Vorrang hat Erhaltung des Friedens in Europa". Die Grundthese seines Artikels ist,...

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Blitzkrieg à la Levante

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 9:16 AM

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Mit brachialer Gewalt haben die militanten IS-Islamisten militärische Erfolge eingefahren. Doch damit könnte es nun vorbei sein.

„They're coming at us in the same old style", meinte der Herzog von Wellington, als sich die französischen Truppen während der...

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Fleeing Quarakosh: The Last Christians in Iraq

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 6:23 PM

(Photo credits: Flo Smith/Material Evidence).

Khalid Zaki is an acting coach. A few months ago the 35-year-old Assyrian Christian stage managed Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice at a local theater in Qarakosh. Today, he is one of approximately 100,000 Christians who sought...

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RIMPAC 2014 and the Future of Sino-U.S. Military-to-Military Relations

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 4:59 PM

In June 2014, the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) will for the first time join the biennial Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) -- the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise. According to the U.S. Pacific Fleet website around 25,000 personnel from 23 nations, along with 49 surface...

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Habsburg Nostalgia: Europe's Most Embarrassing Anachronism? Paradise Saved?

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 11:11 AM


In a recently published piece entitled "The House of Habsburg, Revisited", the author, Simon Winder, engages in a thoughtful yet hyperbolic polemic ridiculing the recent resurgence of interest in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Central Europe. His argument in a nutshell is...

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Chinese Cyber-Attacks: Will the United States Step Up Its Active Cyber Defense Posture?

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 2:33 PM

The indictment of five Chinese military hackers by a grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania illustrates the increasing importance of cyberspace in the great power relationship between the United States and China. It also shows that four years of talking about cyber-espionage, including at the presidential...

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De-Escalation in Cyberspace: It is China's Turn to Act!

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 12:25 PM

Both China and the United States have a vested interest in de-escalating tensions in cyberspace. In the post-Snowden world, the United States has lost its self-conferred leadership role in promoting global Internet freedom, whereas China is seen as recklessly expanding its cyber espionage activities. Within only a year...

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China-EU Cooperation on Combatting Cybercrime: A Model for China-US Relations?

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 11:26 AM

A new policy paper by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs entitled "China's Policy Paper on the EU: Deepen the China-EU Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for Mutual Benefit and Win-win Cooperation," released simultaneously with President Xi Jinping's visit to Europe in April 2014, particularly emphasizes the need for increased cooperation on...

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Hagel's Visit to China and Sino-Russian Relations

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 10:27 AM

During U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's recent visit to China, he and his Chinese counterpart, General Chang Wanquan, agreed to improve military-to-military ties, including stepping up joint-military exercises, a new army-to-army dialogue, and a new Asia-Pacific security dialogue between high-level defense officials of both countries.

These agreements...

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Egon Erwin Kisch on the Frontlines of the First World War

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 3:02 PM


'Who saw them shooting?' 'The Captain and 10 men." 'Did they see it for sure?' 'Yes.' The five peasants immediately had to get on their knees behind a bank, and the bullets of a squad banged against them. The youngest looked barely 15...
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George Orwell and Karl Kraus: Two Sides of the Same Argument Against Political Euphemism

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 11:21 AM


Reviewing Jonathan Franzen's book The Kraus Project, the German poet Michael Hoffmann argues that people call the Austrian satirist, Karl Kraus, brilliant, "though it's sometimes said with a there-now-go-away-please undertone". By that Hoffman implies that people all too freely...

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Austrian Neutrality: A Model for Ukraine

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 1:14 PM


The crisis in Ukraine is spinning slowly out of control. An aggressive Russia under the leadership of a man who once deemed the end of the Soviet Union "the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century" is pursuing a neo-Soviet foreign policy for...

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